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Friday, 16 November 2018

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON | Details for 2018

We are excited to announce that this year's switch on will take place on FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER in the Town Square as part of the CHRISTMAS MARKET over the weekend.

This year the SWITCH ON will have a theme of 50s WINTER PARTY and we will have live music from SIMPLY GRAY at 4p.m and the incredible LONDON BELLES at 5.10p.m   The lights on the TREE and STREET will be switched on at 5p.m with a countdown.

Do come along and support this ANNUAL EVENT.  Each year will get bigger and this year we will have more lights and THE REINDEER are back this year to say hello prior to their engagements on Christmas Eve.

Spread the word around and why not book a meal at one of the area's fabulous restaurants who will be very pleased to welcome you after the event.

Mill Hill Broadway Christmas Lights 2018

Friday, 9 November 2018

FOODBANKS, CRIME, HOMELESSNESS and BARNET COUNCIL's FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

We generally don't carry information on this site regarding council or Government policies because in the majority of cases they dont really effect the day to day lives of everyone who lives in Mill Hill. All political parties have always been similar and presentation has been the issue. Even with the crash of 2008 and the problems of the High Streets in the UK it is not really down to any one reason or policy but to a myriad of reasons and causation is impossible to judge. However, in 2018 we have seen some major criminal incidents take place in Mill Hill - and here on Broadway. Plus we now have regular beggars on the street and homeless people. This has happened a few times in the past but not to the extent of 2018.

BARNET PROPOSAL TO CUT SUPPORT FOR LOW PAID AND DISABLED FOR COUNCIL TAX 

 We have been onto the Barnet Council ENGAGE website today to see how they are going to realign their Council Tax support to make it match Universal Credit and take many of the policies of this. That is a major problem for our area. Universal Credit is the reason why thousands now sleep on the streets of most of our major cities - and the reason for the massive growth of Food Banks. This is fact and has been agreed by all political parties. We will therefore see the situation which has got worse this year get like many of those areas in our area. Up until recently very poor and low income families including those who are self employed - on zero hours - or disabled have been protected in Barnet by what are called legacy benefits. This is now all changing with the first step in Council Tax support.


We have read the documents on the website and think that they are actually not very good at pointing out the real disaster that is facing people. For instance a Self Employed or Zero hours worker who earns less than £750 a month ( and there are many ) will now be attributed with a salary of at least £1250 a month and their support will be adjusted downwards. This almost certainly will lead to non payment and homelessness for many of the poorest in our area. With many struggling from the previous cuts from 2014 onwards this will double the problems that those on low incomes will face. Barnet claim that they have run out of money. This is the only way they can save money and still meet their legal commitments. This may be true - but the effect of this massive cut to the poor in our community is morally wrong - it goes against everything promised in the Local Elections ( This was never mentioned ) and will lead to more problems on our streets which we have already seen in recent months.


OUR VIEW 
 From our offices we have seen the effects - witnessed a murder scene - seen an armed robbery - and much more in the last 11 months. We link these things to poverty and the reduction of help to the poor in our community. We dont want to see things get worse. So we are asking Barnet Council to reconsider. They can hold a referendum for an increase in Council Tax which will bring in more money from the richest in our area - yet leaves the poor support in place. Surely this is the decent thing to do in 2018 and the best thing for our community. We all want to have a lovely place to live - Barnet Council have asked for consultation about this cut to the poor working age people of our Borough. We say it is a cut too far. It is surely time for the rich in the area to realise that crime could indeed rocket if people are reduced to destitution by these cuts. We dont want to see in Barnet what has been happening in other places due to these policies.

Surely there are alternatives to this policy which could see support slashed by up to 50% or more to the most vulnerable in our society. The consultation ends on November 29th. We suggest you lobby your councillors and our MP about your worries about this unjust proposal.

https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/proposed-new-cts-scheme

Monday, 29 October 2018

SARACENS WEST STAND APPROVED BY BARNET COUNCIL

We are very pleased that the new West Stand at Allianz Park, Copthall has been approved by Barnet Council and a loan has been given to the club to make sure the stand is built quickly for the community and the club. 

Saracens a Force For Great Good in our community

Saracens continue to be a force for great good in our community - working often with the have nots and the many rather than the few.   They are a great example of how a World famous sports club can impact a community.   Their High School in Grahame Park is a great example to all businesses and organisations in our area to get involved in improving our communities.

Barnet Council at last are getting involved as well

It seems to be rubbing off on our Local Council as well.  For many years our Council has been in denial about being local and has given local services to Capita and has generally not got involved in the local community.  However, in recent times they have been very hands on in Mill Hill ( Town Square - Traders Network - Rubbish Collection ) and Burnt Oak (New Anti Social projects) and now with this joint project with Saracens  ( High School - West Stand Loan).  We hope that this shows a new direction for our council - we would love to see them adopt Capita Option 3 for services brought back locally.  We are not politically biased or partisan in any way - we just want what is best for our local community.  We believe this would help the area.

Don't Moan  ! Take Action Not Issue

Finally - too many voices in Barnet moan about everything - the Internet is full of Moaning ( mainly middle aged or old aged people with too much time on their hands )  Rather than moan we encourage positivity and getting hands dirty,  If you believe there is a problem then take action not issue :  like Colindale and Mill Hill Litter Pickers - interestingly Barnet Council has also linked up to help these organisations as well,  Sometimes WE have to take action in order for things to happen and then it will encourage those in our Council and those in Business to join in.

We cant stand moaners or NIMBYs - this blog is the longest running (in our ninth year) MILL HILL blog and across all of our social accounts we have the largest audience in Mill Hill and probably Barnet.   We believe that is because we are POSITIVE and ACTIVE in the community.   We don't just snipe from the sidelines acting as if we know best.  We just support those who want to make a difference for free with no agenda !!


So if you want to join us - why not write for MILL HILL TODAY or this blog.  Join the MILL HILL or COLINDALE LITTER PICKERS or JOIN THE MILL HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM or THE MILL HILL TRADERS NETWORK.  Loads of you already do - thank you for your contributions to this Blog - MH Today - The Mill HIll Guide - The Markets in Mill Hill - the Traders etc.   but if you want to join us then email us on info@millhillbroadway.co.uk and tell us what you want to do for our area and we will support you.  


REAL PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY !!

Thank You Saracens

So thank you to BARNET COUNCIL for underwriting this great new community facility at COPTHALL for Saracens - and thank you to SARACENS for all that they do for our community.   Let us hope that all of those of all political parties can give credit where credit is due for this fantastic initiative from Barnet Council and Saracens.  Here at Broadway Blog and in all our community projects we dont care about which Political Party you support or believe in - or what religion you have faith in or whether you are rich or poor - we want to support ALL in our community,.  That has been our aim since 2010.  

We LOVE Saracens !!!


MESSIAH and PANTO TICKETS GOING FAST | Dont miss these events

After the sell out success of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF which sold out in advance of its weeks run at the Hartley Hall we urge everyone to support the two major events which take place in our area soon and get tickets in advance if possible.

First THE MESSIAH is on at St Michael's Church presented by the brilliant Pro Arte Choir with leading solosists and a excellent Orchestra.  This is a chance to get up close to a stunning Choral Work and actually feel the music.   Something you cant do with a recording.  The Messiah is very exciting to watch live and this will be a highlight of the year.   Tickets are only £14 and can be purchased online or at KILWORTH AUDIO here on the Broadway.  Just call in and ask at the counter.    KIDS GO FREE (Under 18 ) which makes it a very attractive family night out.   

Secondly our local Theatre Group BIG TIME ACADEMY are presenting their first ever PROFESSIONAL PANTO in Mill Hill at the HUB.   This is selling fast and is ideal for a family trip over the Christmas period.   Tickets are very reasonable and we suggest you call in at the HUB to buy them or contact Big Time academy by phone or online.   

We expect both these events to sell out because of their quality and reasonable prices.  They are also locally run and we hope that the whole community gets out this Christmas away from the TV and meets together at these events.